Article

Governors join forces to protect Atlantic Ocean

Gov. David Paterson met with four other governors of Mid-Atlantic states who joined together to announce on Thursday, June 5 the formation of a bureaucracy that will serve as infrastructure for future conservation and alternative energy projects in the Atlantic Ocean. The newly created Governors Mid-Atlantic Council on Oceans has the dual focus of preserving the natural habitats in and around the Atlantic Ocean while promoting "offshore renewable energy."

Gov. David Paterson met with four other governors of Mid-Atlantic states who joined together to announce on Thursday, June 5 the formation of a bureaucracy that will serve as infrastructure for future conservation and alternative energy projects in the Atlantic Ocean. The newly created Governors Mid-Atlantic Council on Oceans has the dual focus of preserving the natural habitats in and around the Atlantic Ocean while promoting "offshore renewable energy."

"For centuries New York and the region have relied on the ocean to provide services like food, commerce, recreation, and transportation," Paterson said in a statement. "We are creating the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean to effectively tackle a new generation of shared ocean issues and keep our ocean healthy for generations to come."

Joining Paterson was Gov. Corzine of New Jersey, as well as representatives from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and the Obama administration. Also present was actor Sam Waterston, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the character Jack McCoy on the television series Law & Order. Waterston sits on the board of directors of Oceana, a non-profit marine conservation and advocacy organization.

It is unclear... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Gov. David Paterson met with four other governors of Mid-Atlantic states who joined together to announce on Thursday, June 5 the formation of a bureaucracy that will serve as infrastructure for future conservation and alternative energy projects in the Atlantic Ocean. The newly created Governors Mid-Atlantic Council on Oceans has the dual focus of preserving the natural habitats in and around the Atlantic Ocean while promoting "offshore renewable energy."

"For centuries New York and the region have relied on the ocean to provide services like food, commerce, recreation, and transportation," Paterson said in a statement. "We are creating the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean to effectively tackle a new generation of shared ocean issues and keep our ocean healthy for generations to come."

Joining Paterson was Gov. Corzine of New Jersey, as well as representatives from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and the Obama administration. Also present was actor Sam Waterston, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the character Jack McCoy on the television series Law & Order. Waterston sits on the board of directors of Oceana, a non-profit marine conservation and advocacy organization.

It is unclear whether the council will put either ocean conservation or development of offshore energy resources ahead of one another. Nonetheless, the formation of this council drew praise from environmental protection groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Long Island Sierra Club.

The impact of the newly formed council will likely be seen as two major offshore energy projects move forward. One plan developed by Atlantic Island Sea Group calls for an artificial island to be constructed that will house facilities to receive, process, and redistribute liquefied natural gas. Another project still in the planning stages is a collaboration between ConEd and LIPA that would build a 350-megawatt wind farm 13 miles off of Rockaway Beach, Queens.

Only a few years ago LIPA's plans for a wind farm four miles off the coast of Long Island met stiff resistance from environmentalists. The opposition from advocacy groups combined with the steadily inflating budget led to the demise of the project.


Source: http://www.longislandpress....

JUN 5 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/20542-governors-join-forces-to-protect-atlantic-ocean
back to top